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What It Would Take to Suck CO2 Back Out of the Atmosphere
October 19th, 2017, 04:51 PM
If greenhouse gases are such a problem, can’t we just suck the carbon dioxide back out of the atmosphere? It’s a perfectly reasonable question and an important area of technological research to pursue. The technique is referred to as negative emissions technology. As emissions remain high, experts are starting to accept that we’ll need to […]
Better Than Smart Speakers? Japan Is Making Robot and Hologram Companions
October 18th, 2017, 04:51 PM
While American internet giants are developing speakers, Japanese companies are working on robots and holograms. They all share a common goal: to create the future platform for the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart homes. Names like Bocco, EMIEW3, Xperia Assistant, and Gatebox may not ring a bell to most outside of Japan, but Sony, […]
Blockchain Will Be the Foundation of Trust in the Metaverse
October 17th, 2017, 04:51 PM
“Virtual worlds are going to be one of the first killer apps for blockchains and perhaps the deepest users of them.” – Fred Ehrsam, Co-Founder, Coinbase Christian Lemmerz, a German-Danish sculptor who normally carves his subjects into marble, currently has his latest work on display in Venice, Italy. “La Apparizione,” a towering golden image of […]
How Leaders Can Create Social Impact in a Complex World
October 17th, 2017, 04:51 PM
In an interview at Singularity University’s Global Summit in San Francisco, Adene Sacks discussed how social impact leadership is evolving in today’s world. Sacks said, “No one can go do it alone anymore. The social sector is not going to solve poverty. The government is not going to reform education. The business world is not going to do […]
Collective Intelligence Is the Root of Human Progress
October 16th, 2017, 04:51 PM
Many of us intuitively think about intelligence as an individual trait. As a society, we have a tendency to praise individual game-changers for accomplishments that would not be possible without their teams, often tens of thousands of people that work behind the scenes to make extraordinary things happen. Matt Ridley, best-selling author of multiple books, […]
Should We Edit Human Genes? What You Need to Know
October 16th, 2017, 04:51 PM
There’s a difference between editing genes in a person’s somatic cells and germline cells. Editing somatic cells, which are differentiated (e.g., skin cells) and non-reproductive, impacts them alone. In contrast, editing germline DNA means changes are passed along to the next generation during reproduction. It’s no minor distinction. Right now, the cautious consensus around gene […]
What It Will Take for the World to Keep Getting Better
October 15th, 2017, 04:51 PM
Compared to life 100 years ago, life these days is pretty good by many measures. You’ve probably heard the statistics: poverty and infant mortality are down, life expectancy is up, and infectious diseases are being controlled, if not cured. In short, more humans than ever before are having their basic needs met, and it’s undeniable […]
This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through October 14)
October 14th, 2017, 04:51 PM
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Google’s Learning Software Learns to Write Learning Software Tom Simonite | Wired “In a project called AutoML, Google’s researchers have taught machine-learning software to build machine-learning software. In some instances, what it comes up with is more powerful and efficient than the best systems the researchers themselves can design. Google says the system […]
Can You Be Hacked by the World Around You?
October 13th, 2017, 04:51 PM
You’ve probably been told it’s dangerous to open unexpected attachment files in your email—just like you shouldn’t open suspicious packages in your mailbox. But have you been warned against scanning unknown QR codes or just taking a picture with your phone? New research suggests that cyberattackers could exploit cameras and sensors in phones and other […]
Why the World Is (Still) Better Than You Think—New Evidence For Abundance
October 12th, 2017, 04:51 PM
Your mindset matters — now more than ever. We are in the midst of a drug epidemic. The drug? Negative news. The drug pushers? The media. As I wrote in Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think, we pay 10x more attention to negative news than positive news. We are being barraged with negative news on every […]